Ocala Arts Festival Emerging Artist Program


FAFO Ocala Arts Festival Emerging Artist Program


Fine Arts for Ocala is initiating an Emerging Artist Program for the 2019 Ocala Arts Festival. Our goal is to support artists who are beginning their professional career in the visual arts by providing the opportunity to experience an outdoor festival at minimal cost to the Emerging Artists.


Proudly sponsored by:

The David & Lisa Midgett Foundation


CALL

The Ocala Arts Festival Emerging Artist Committee is seeking up to five (5) participants for the 2019 Emerging Artist Program at The 53rd Ocala Arts Festival. The program is designed specifically for outstanding artists who are just beginning their careers in the professional art world with no established history of displaying their artwork in galleries, museums or juried outdoor festivals.

The Ocala Arts Festival Emerging Artist reserves the right to pre-screen and research Emerging Artist applicants to make sure they are an appropriate fit for this category.

Artists may apply to either the Emerging Artist Program or to The Ocala Arts Festival through the regular application process, but they may not apply to both.


GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

  • Emerging Artist Program applications to The 53rd Ocala Arts Festival will be available between January 2019 and July 15, 2019, thru ZAPP at www.zapplication.org.
  • Create your free ACCOUNT in ZAPP (the one-step online application system now used by most large outdoor shows) at www.zapplication.org.
  • Emerging Artists must apply in the EMERGING ARTIST Medium Category in ZAPP and images submitted must be limited to one artistic discipline.
  • Emerging Artist applicants will pay the $35 application fee but their booth fee will be waived, they must use COUPON CODE FAFOEmerging2019 to waive the Booth fee.
  • Please respond to the question in ZAPP that asks how you heard about our Emerging Artist Program.

IMAGES

Upload four (4) IMAGES of your artwork with no visible artist’s signature. ZAPP requires a booth image for all regular applicants but not for Emerging Artists. NOTE: In order to complete your application, you MUST submit your fourth artwork image marked as “display” or ZAPP will not process and accept your submission.

Excellent guidelines labeled Image Preparation may be found in ZAPP. If accepted, only images submitted in the ZAPP format can be used in our publicity. Your #1 image will be used in the Festival programs, on the website and other Festival-related media.

REMINDER: The Ocala Arts Festival is a family-oriented event and exhibits must be in keeping with this atmosphere.



MEDIUM CATEGORY

EMERGING ARTIST
You MUST submit your application in this category. Your submitted and displayed work must be limited to only one of the artistic disciplines listed below.


THE JUDGES AND THE JUDGING PROCESS

The jury panel will consist of individuals selected from across the area for their knowledge in art media, experience in the arts, or involvement in the Ocala Arts community. In late July they will review the digital images of all applicants to select the Festival Artists and the Emerging Artists.

Artists awarded positions as FAFO’s 2019 Emerging Artist will not be eligible for any addition awards or recognition during the festival.


AMENITIES

Emerging Artists are treated to the same amenities as all other festival exhibitors. In addition to having an opportunity to sell their work, meet other artists and participate in a nationally recognized festival, the selected artists are afforded these amenities:

  • Waiver of the $275 artist booth fee
  • A $500 Stipend to go towards materials for constructing or assembling a festival display booth
  • A 10’x10’ display tent and two (2) chairs for use during the festival.
  • Up to $250 round trip travel expenses for one (1) if traveling to Ocala from outside Marion County. Transportation reimbursed at either round trip airfare or your choice of vehicle mileage at fifty-three and 1/2 cents ($.535) per mile or actual fuel costs incurred while driving.
  • Friday Set-Up and Check-In
  • Artists’ Hospitality Center with refreshments available all day
  • Free Artists’ Parking near the event zone.
  • Booth Sitting staffed by volunteers available on call
  • Artist Breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning
  • Saturday Night Artists’ Dinner & Awards Presentation
  • Security patrol after hours
  • Extensive media promotions throughout Central Florida leading up to the Festival
  • Artists retain all sales proceeds

ACCEPTANCE

Emerging Artists will be screened in the EMERGING ARTIST Medium Category. They will be scored based on the merits of the work submitted in one artistic discipline. Our judges will jury the four (4) submitted digital images of your work, and those receiving the judges’ highest evaluations will be invited to participate in The 2019 Ocala Arts Festival Emerging Artist Program. Selection is by the jury process only. The decisions of the judges are final.

All Emerging Artist Program entrants will be notified of the screening results on or before August 5, 2019, by email. If accepted, you must respond to ZAPP before Midnight (EST),August 20, 2019.

We reserve the right to pre-screen and research Emerging Artists applicants to make sure they are a fit for this category and that they do not have extensive experience exhibiting and selling their work.



RULES & REGULATIONS

QUALIFICATIONS
To qualify as an Emerging Artist, applicants should be beginning their careers in the professional art world with no established history of displaying their artwork in galleries, museums or juried outdoor festivals.


ARTIST STATEMENT
Each exhibitor must display an Artist Statement prominently in their booth that describes the technique, materials and processes used in the creation of the entire body of work.


COMMITMENT
Your completed ZAPP application and acceptance of our invitation to exhibit is a commitment to show in your selected artistic discipline and to abide by the Festival rules. Artists must be present in their booths at all times during the two-day festival.


EXHIBIT SPACE

  • Each space measures 10’ by 12’. The artist’s display, including booth and viewing bins, must be contained within this space.
  • An artist may have only one (1) space.
  • Tents provided are 10’x10’.
  • The work of only one (1) exhibitor may be displayed in each assigned space.
  • A minimum of six (6) pieces must be displayed.
  • The Festival retains the right to regulate various aspects of the booth display including, but not limited to, number of pieces of artwork, size and number of bins, and overall placement within the allotted space.
  • Booth locations for Emerging Artists are assigned by the Committee.
  • The Ocala Arts Festival is a family-oriented event, and exhibits must be in keeping with this atmosphere.

DISPLAYED ARTWORK

  • Only original work in one artistic discipline may be displayed and offered for sale.
  • The work must be attributable solely to the Emerging Artist.
  • Artists must be present in their booths at all times during the two-day festival. Brief booth-sitters are permitted.
  • Proxy representation will not be allowed.
  • Work by Emerging Artists may have been created at any time.

THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED:

  • Reproductions of original artwork
  • Copies of original artwork and works reproduced or copied from works of masters, advertisements, commercial or widely circulated photographs or offset prints
  • Work purchased from an outside source for resale
  • Production artwork in any category
  • Work created by kits, velvet paintings, manufactured or kit jewelry, art supplies, commercial signage or displays, decoupage and ceramics cast from commercial molds
  • Traditional crafts such as soaps, candles, scented oils and homemade food items
  • Mass-produced note cards, commercial books, etc.
  • Framing in the Park
  • Artwork not in the artistic discipline in which the artist applied and was accepted
  • Unsigned artwork or work not using archival materials
  • Creation or demonstration of artwork in the Park
  • Alcohol or sound systems
  • Pets
  • Generators

IMPORTANT: During the Festival, all displays will be visited by Viewing Committee members to ensure that the displays and artwork are in compliance with Festival rules. It is our exclusive right and responsibility to remove work that is not in compliance. Non-compliance can result in expulsion and ineligibility for future Festival participation. The final decision will be made by an Officer of the Festival.


STATE TAX
Each artist is responsible for collecting and reporting Florida Sales Tax on all sales made during the Festival. The current tax rate is seven percent (7%). Reporting forms required by the Florida Department of Revenue will be provided at check-in.


LEGAL AGREEMENT

I hereby submit an application to become an exhibitor in The 2019 Ocala Arts Festival.

  • Submission of my ZAPP application confirms my commitment to abide by the Festival rules and regulations as established by the Fine Arts for Ocala.
  • By submitting an application, I, hereby and forever discharge The Ocala Arts Festival, Fine Arts for Ocala, and the City of Ocala, Florida, of and from all manner of actions, suits, and damages, claims and demands, whatsoever in law or equity, from any loss and damage to the undersigned’s property while in the possession, supervision or auspices of The Ocala Arts Festival, Fine Arts for Ocala, and the City of Ocala, their agents, representatives or employees.

I WARRANT THAT:

  • The artworks submitted for jurying and the artworks to be displayed in my booth are all original work that are both designed and executed by my own hands.
  • There is no production studio associated with any of the work to be sold in my booth.
  • The work in my booth is not purchased from an outside source for resale at The Ocala Arts Festival.
  • There are no reproductions or enhanced/embellished reproductions in my booth.
  • If selected to exhibit at The Ocala Arts Festival, I authorize use of the images submitted with my application or duplicates thereof for Festival publicity or documentation.
  • I agree to grant a license to The Ocala Arts Festival to reproduce electronically, in limited resolution, my original artwork for a period of up to thirty (30) months beginning January 1, 2019.
  • I understand by submitting an application, I retain full copyright of my original artwork. My images shall not be redistributed except as anticipated on the website and in the Festival programs and other Festival related media, without my express written permission.
  • A confirmed application in ZAPP is a commitment to show in my artistic discipline and to abide by the Festival rules.
  • The Ocala Arts Festival reserves the right to make final interpretation of all rules.